Three games, three victories, and three great starting pitcher performances. Each of those things combined to give us Tigers fans something we have been waiting for, clamoring for, on the edge of seats for, and salivating for. Sole possession of first place in the American League Central Division. The one and a half game lead is a bonus.
Yesterday on Twitter, Jim Bowden raised the question of a possible trade proposal for the Tigers. His trade proposal goes as follows, the Tigers would acquire OF Gerardo Parra from the Dbacks for Don Kelly–Andy Dirks and Andrew Oliver.
At a glance the trade looked kind of obscured, but after looking it over, it actually looks like a good deal. (more…)
Sunday, June 26, 2011 was everything except an ordinary afternoon for the Detroit Tigers and their fans. The afternoon ended in a just fitting way with an 8 – 3 victory to finish this series 2 – 1 over the Arizona Diamondbacks. This came just one day after yet another remarkable shutout performance by Justin Verlander. Yet, Verlander’s performance was to be overshadowed by what Comerica Park had in store.
The home team came into the day tied for first place in the AL central division. It was Kids Day, which meant sparks would be flying from the heels of children running the bases at the conclusion of game. However, the “Spark” that drew the sellout crowd on this beautiful 75-degree Sunday afternoon only needed an added “Y”, followed by “Anderson”. Sunday was a day where you could find no disappointment, even with a standing room only ticket, as number 11 was retired and unveiled on the right field wall. Number 11 was worn by the late, great, Tiger skipper Sparky Anderson. (more…)
1st Base: Miguel Cabrera – Cabby is the peanut butter to the Tigers jelly. He’s what makes this offense go, not much more you can say.
2nd Base: Carlos Guillen/Will Rhymes/Scott Sizemore – Either one of these guys could be the starter for the Tigers. Guillen, the veteran, would be your likely choice but with his very weak lower body, it’s yet to see if he can stay healthy for 162 games. Rhymes, this kid showed a lot of potential the 2nd half of last season. He showed he can play D and also hit for a high average as well as bringing some energy to the team. Rhymes would be my choice, but hey, I’m just a writer. Sizemore, was given the keys in 2010 to be the starter at 2nd. But it quickly showed that he wasn’t ready for the bright lights. He struggled for quite a bit in the 1st part of the season then was later sent down to Toldeo. Where he worked and his swing and really started to hit the ball well. If Scott can do what he did down at Toledo last year, I see him making a strong case for himself to be the starting 2nd basemen. All and all the Tigers have a lot of questions at 2nd base that will need to be answered come Spring Training time. (more…)